You may be surprised to learn that solar energy is no longer only an option for super-wealthy homeowners or giant commercial properties. In fact, solar energy is more accessible than ever. As a clean energy source, federal and local governments are very interested in promoting the use of solar energy, offering tax credits or other incentives to homeowners who want to invest in using solar energy. Also, public utility companies are required to pay homeowners for energy that they contribute back to the grid through a program called “net metering”.
On the flip side, the cost of installing photovoltaic (light-capturing) panels may be high, and it may be difficult to find a reputable installer in your area. Also, having photovoltaic panels on your roof may mean additional complications when you need to perform some other repair on the roof. If you have the property, it may be possible to install the panels on the ground instead of your roof.